For Cooking Or Heating Food Patents (Class 426/113)
  • Patent number: 10806154
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a minimally-processed microwaveable lobster product including a lobster tail, a fat-containing composition, and a microwaveable package. The lobster tail has a shell containing lobster meat. The shell has a longitudinal axis with at least one cut formed generally parallel to the longitudinal axis. The fat-containing composition is disposed in a region above the lobster tail. The microwaveable package has first and second resilient layers. The first resilient layer is disposed under the lobster tail and contacts the lobster tail. The second resilient layer is disposed above the lobster tail and contacts the lobster tail and the fat-containing composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Absolutely Lobster
    Inventor: Alison W Barshak
  • Patent number: 9863820
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments provide a system and method for measuring the temperature of an object, but without requiring a direct measurement of the object to determine the point at which the object has reached a desired temperature. The exemplary embodiments provide a process where the object can be heated to a desired temperature without the requirements of temperature probes into the object. The exemplary embodiments allow the process operator to be informed when the heating process has completed, without regard to the size, shape, weight, density, or amount of materials to be prepared. The energy required to maintain the temperature of a fluid bath is compared to the energy required to maintain the temperature once an object has been placed within the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Connectivity Systems Incoporated
    Inventor: John Rankin
  • Patent number: 9689828
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and/or methods for use in passive wireless transmission of one or more parameters such as, e.g., pH, temperature, etc. are described. The systems, devices, and/or methods may use a passive sensor located proximate a material and an interrogator that may be used to interrogate the passive sensor and to receive a signal from the passive sensor representative of the one or more parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventors: Greg E. Bridges, Douglas L. Thomson, Sharmistha Bhadra, Michael Freund
  • Patent number: 9352893
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a self-venting package (6) for packing a food preparation and warming it up comprising at least one flexible film forming a first wall comprising a sealant layer (9) and a support layer (10), said flexible film being sealed by a peripheral seal (4) onto a second wall or on itself, thereby forming a main enclosure confining the food preparation; a rupturable seal (3) isolating a venting hole (1) from said main enclosure, said rupturable seal being arranged for opening, in use, a path to the venting hole upon internal pressure increase in said main enclosure, characterized in that a specific region (5) of the rupturable seal is weakened by means of a welded area with a reduced sealant layer thickness, said welded area guiding, in use, the rupture of said rupturable seal to the venting hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Amcor Flexibles Transpac N.V.
    Inventors: Helmar Utz, Régine Tornay, Peder Ladefoged Nielsen
  • Patent number: 9138968
    Abstract: The invention provides a novel flexible, substantially gas impermeable laminate material comprising starch/polymer blends, which can be used to make dispensing tubes, e.g., for toothpaste, which material is light, resilient, and inexpensive, which can be made almost entirely from renewable materials, and which can be recycled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Yu Shi, Todd D. Van Gordon, Jun Wang, Kai Wang
  • Patent number: 9139339
    Abstract: An easy open apparatus for multi-wall bags and a method for making such bags are disclosed. The bag has a closed end and an open end and the rear panel is stepped relative to the upper edge of the front panel. A tear-tape strip is adhered to an inner surface of a flap formed in the outer layer of the front panel and extends partly across the panel with ends of the tear-tape exposed. To open the bag, the user grasps one exposed end of the tear-tape and pulls it outwardly away from the bag, thereby tearing the outer paper layer across the flap to form a “pocket” or “handle” that the user may grasp to tear the bag open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Standard Multiwall Bag Manufacturing Co.
    Inventors: Yuming Pang, Paul Lin
  • Patent number: 8933381
    Abstract: Provided is a packaging pouch for a microwave oven, provided with a steam releasing seal portion having a weakened portion, in which no clogging occurs in the steam releasing seal portion at the time of heat-cooking in a microwave oven, and any clogging occurred can be automatically eliminated. In the present invention, hermetic sealing is effected through heat sealing of a plastic film, and at least one steam releasing seal portion having a weakened portion is provided, with a width of the weakened portion gradually increasing from a forward end portion thereof to be opened toward a rear end portion thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Toyo Seikan Kaisha, Ltd.
    Inventors: Keizou Kanzaki, Taketo Sakurai, Shie Nishimoto
  • Publication number: 20150000536
    Abstract: A food packaging apparatus includes a bowl, a lid, and a seasoning package, where the lid is selectively positioned with the bowl in between a closed configuration and an opened configuration. The closed configuration enables the food packaging apparatus to store frozen food and cook the stored frozen food through a steamer. The opened configuration allows the users to access the cooked food within the food package apparatus. The food packaging apparatus is made from biodegradable and compostable material in order to eliminate the plastic or paper wastage, minimize environmental impact of the production and disposal of the packaging apparatus, and the leaching of harmful chemicals during the steaming process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Jennifer LANG
  • Publication number: 20140342057
    Abstract: A package for a food product can include an insert enclosed within a single film formable using, e.g., flow-wrapping, to enclose the food product and the insert. At least one portion of insert may be made up of an absorbent material laminated to a backing, the absorbent material adapted to absorb moisture within the package. The insert may include a base upon which the food product can be placed and two or more sides extending up from the base to contain the food product from moving in one or more directions. Fins or overlapping portions of the film may be configured on at least two edges of the single film allowing a seal to be created thereby further allowing the single film to substantially enclose the food product and the insert. Crimped seals may further be employed to completely seal the food product and the insert within the single film. One or more of the seals may be self-venting to release accumulated steam/moisture during a cooking or preparation process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Jeffrey Anthony Czarny, Benjamin M. Cichowski
  • Patent number: 8887943
    Abstract: A decorative serving container system that includes a serving dish, a ring element, and a cover element. At least two ring element handle portions extend outwardly from a ring element lip, wherein each ring element handle portion has a shape that substantially corresponds to the shape of a serving dish handle, wherein each ring element handle portion includes a handle skirt portion that extends downwardly from the handle portion and is formed to be positionable around at least a portion of a serving dish handle and provide frictional engagement of the handle skirt portion with at least a portion of the serving dish handle. The cover element has one or more handles formed to be at least partially received within a recess of the ring element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Sabine S. Miller
  • Publication number: 20140335235
    Abstract: Disclosed are packaged frozen precooked dough or batter-based food products and methods of heating the food products. The packaged precooked frozen dough or batter-based food products comprises one or more frozen precooked dough or batter-based food products that are encased in a pouch for heating. The pouch is sealed with the exception of the presence of two or more vent holes that function to release air or steam that may otherwise cause the food product to become soggy when they are heated in an oven.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: GENERAL MILLS, INC.
    Inventors: Anthony W. Swenson, Neil E. Zaporski
  • Patent number: 8881905
    Abstract: In summary there is provided in one embodiment a combination of a pan with a label for holding a roasting bag. The pan is defined by having a bottom base having a base periphery edge and a sidewall extending upwardly from the base periphery edge and terminating at a side edge to create a well therebetween. The label includes front and rear sides. The rear side being secured to the bottom base and includes a pocket formed thereon. The pocket has an access opening into an internal space of the pocket. The roasting bag is positioned within and removable from the pocket of the label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Handi-Foil Corporation
    Inventors: Norton Sarnoff, David Sarnoff, Raj Patel
  • Patent number: 8883237
    Abstract: An ovenable paper container containing an inner liner, an outer liner, and an intermediate or corrugated paper layer positioned between the inner liner and the outer liner. The ovenable paper container can be used to heat and/or cook food and then be used as a serving container without the danger of causing burns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: The Ovenable Paper Pan Company LLC
    Inventor: Scott Sanders
  • Patent number: 8883236
    Abstract: A packaged food product, comprising a wrapping (1) entirely made of coating-free transpiring paper material and a product (100) to be cooked or heated received therein, wherein the wrapping (1) itself is apt to be exposed to a heat source jointly to the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Policarta S.r.l.
    Inventor: Arturo Giusti
  • Patent number: 8829400
    Abstract: A packaging container which includes a synthetic resin container body having a flange part and the cover member heat-sealed to the flange part of the container body. The cover member includes (1) an upper member in which inner surfaces of resin films are positioned opposite to each other to form an abutted part, an unsealed part communicating with the inside of the container body is formed by heat-sealing a peripheral edge part of the abutted part excluding one side of the abutted part forming a base part, and the steam releasing seal part is formed at the abutted part and (2) a lower member which covers a lower surface of the upper member and in which a steam guide part communicating with the inside of the container body is formed at or near the base part of the abutted part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Toyo Seikan Kaisha, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hisakazu Yasumuro, Keizou Kanzaki, Shie Nishimoto, Hiroshi Akitoshi, Kikuo Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 8821950
    Abstract: The present invention provides an innovative packaging for microwave preparation of expandable food, such as cookies, an innovative food product prepared from the packaging and the method of preparation thereof. The innovative packaging includes first and second susceptor sheet portions each having an accordion-like shape; one or more members for spacing the susceptor sheet portions at a predetermined distance; and an expandable uncooked food placed between the two susceptor sheets, wherein the food is in intimate contact with sheet portions and becomes efficiently browned and crisped during microwave cooking. The food is preferably a cookie dough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Urban Nilsson, Deborah Belser
  • Patent number: 8815317
    Abstract: A microwave heating construct includes a platform having a plurality of peripheral edges, a plurality of elevating panels for maintaining the platform in a raised position, and a layer of microwave energy interactive material overlying at least a portion of the platform. The platform includes a movable portion defined at least partially by a line of disruption extending substantially between a pair of adjacent edges of the platform. The movable portion of the platform is adapted to pivot along the line of disruption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Terrence P. Lafferty, Lorin R. Cole, Scott W. Middleton
  • Publication number: 20140234493
    Abstract: Coextruded, biaxially oriented multilayer films comprising a base layer comprising a polyester having an intrinsic viscosity greater than 0.75 dl/g and a heat-sealable layer directly adhered to said base layer, said heat-sealable layer comprising an amorphous polyester having a melting temperature not higher than the melting temperature of the polyester of the base layer and a thermoplastic resin characterized in that the heat-sealable layer comprises a further polyester resin are described. Also packages comprising a container, a food product and the above coextruded, biaxially oriented multilayer film are described. The packages are particularly suitable for “ready-meals” to be used in conventional oven at high temperatures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventor: Roberto Forloni
  • Patent number: 8784917
    Abstract: The invention concerns a new food product (1) in the form of a meal comprising food (4) and a sauce (5), intended to be mixed for consumption of the meal, in closed packaging (1) comprising a container (2) in which the food (4) is placed and a lid (3) in which the sauce (5) is placed, the sauce being separated from the food by a seal (7) which closes off the part of the lid (3) facing the food (4) characterized in that the container (2) comprises a mechanism (11) to tear the seal (7) when the lid (3) is turned concurrently to the container (2) between a pre-tearing position of the seal (7) and a tearing position of the seal (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Claude Sebban
  • Patent number: 8778429
    Abstract: An apparatus and method is shown for preparing liquid egg products, for example pure egg whites, whole eggs and egg products either alone or mixed with spices, vegetables or other ingredients, in a microwave oven. The container for preparing the liquid egg products is relatively inexpensive and disposable. In another embodiment of the present invention, a method is provided for preparing liquid egg products in a disposable, microwavable container in which the liquid egg product expands while cooking and partially removes the lid of the container to create a delicious meal of properly cooked, fresh egg product, that are ready for consumption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Eggology, Inc.
    Inventor: Brad M. Halpern
  • Publication number: 20140113037
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a package (98) comprising a suspension device (102) for holding a food while cooking and a seasoning for improving the organoleptic properties of the food.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: NESTEC S.A.
    Inventors: Ian Stokoe, Patrick Luke, Chastity Prince McLeod, Paul Michael Gibson
  • Publication number: 20140087032
    Abstract: There is a provided a pizza kit and a method for making a pizza from a kit. A package of powdered dough mix from the kit is opened. The powdered dough mix is poured into a bowl. The dough mix is mixed with an amount of liquid in the bowl. A dough ball is formed. The dough ball is pressed on a non-stick paper from the kit into the shape of a pizza crust. An amount of pizza sauce from the kit is added to the top of the pizza crust and the pizza is cooked.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventors: Thomas A. Gallo, Susan Devitt
  • Patent number: 8680447
    Abstract: Microwaveable popcorn arrangements are provided, the arrangement being a bag having a popcorn charge of popcorn kernels and oil/fat component therein. The arrangements include folded bags having preferred, internal, seal and/or adhesive field configurations. The preferred configurations inhibit the undesired flow of oil/fat from the popcorn charge. Microwave popcorn products and methods of preparation and use, are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: ConAgra Foods RDM. Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Craig Jackson, Denise Ellen Hanson, Charles Thomas Gorman, Matthew Roth, Paul John Warosh, Lance Schilmoeller, Jody Shands
  • Patent number: 8658952
    Abstract: A microwave heating construct comprises a first panel and a second panel, each comprising a microwave energy interactive material. The panels are partially joined to one another in an opposed, facing relationship such that an unjoined area is defined between the first panel and the second panel. The unjoined area is in communication with an open peripheral edge of the construct. The first panel includes an aperture in communication with the unjoined area between the first panel and the second panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Terrence P. Lafferty
  • Patent number: 8637107
    Abstract: Anti-boil-over compositions and methods are provided that significantly reduce boil-over during microwave oven cooking of pasta relative similar pasta and water mixtures such that oversized containers are not required. Thus, when prepared using limited volume container, the container of cooked pasta appears full.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC
    Inventors: Jaime Davis Flaherty, Yeong-Ching Albert Hong, Tia Michelle Rains, Cecily Elizabeth Brose, Ricardo Villota, Cathy Jean Ludwig, Anilkumar Ganapati Gaonkar, Dennis Ann Kim
  • Publication number: 20140023746
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for dough processing, a method for providing a container for a dough product, a container, and a product formed by a container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventors: Noel Galluch, Kristin Alongi, Renee LaLonde, Rohit Jalali
  • Patent number: 8632831
    Abstract: Shelf stable microwave dessert packaged food products for individual servings comprise a novel, shielded packaging or container including a microwave shielded cup; a shelf-stable ready-to-heat uncooked product disposed within the cup, a modified low oxygen atmosphere in the headspace above the batter, and a peelably removable, low gas permeability sealing membrane. The articles provide high preparation abuse tolerance notwithstanding the low, controlled portion quantities (100 calorie) of batter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: General Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. Perry, Joanne J. Garbe, Peter S. Pesheck
  • Publication number: 20140010927
    Abstract: A packaged food product includes a food product; a packaging having an interior containing the food product, the packaging including a first film defining a recess to receive the food product, the first film having an anti-fog treatment applied to at least a portion of the recess, the first film configured to define a space between the food product and the first film and receive heated water vapor released from the food product during heating of the food product; and a second film releasably sealed to the first film, the second film comprising an absorbent layer configured to absorb moisture released from the food product; and at least one vent portion configured to relieve steam pressure from the interior during heating of the food product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: The Hillshire Brands Company
    Inventors: Benjamin M. Cichowski, Jeffrey Anthony Czarny
  • Patent number: 8621989
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a food manufacturing apparatus comprising a feed system for inputting a plurality of materials, an extruder and a cutting assembly. The extruder comprises a pump system and a rotating extrusion die removably connected to the pump system, wherein the rotating extrusion die comprises at least one product channel for receiving and extruding the plurality of materials. The cutting assembly comprises at least one groove and a wire attached through the groove. The feed system is attached to the extruder and the cutting assembly is located at a position to cut the extruded plurality of materials with the wire from the rotating extrusion die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Franz Haas Waffel- und Keksanlagen-Industrie GmbH
    Inventor: Hans van der Ent
  • Patent number: 8613249
    Abstract: A cooking apparatus facilitates cooking with a heated/boiling liquid of a food item by utilizing a cooking bag, a cooking tray, and/or a cooking film. A food product that utilizes the cooking apparatus and food items produces cooked food that may be plateable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: ConAgra Foods RDM, Inc.
    Inventors: David W. France, Adam Pawlick
  • Patent number: 8597702
    Abstract: A method to improve shelf life of a baked edible product includes baking dough in a sealable container that is provide with a lining of flexible material, thereby converting the dough into a baked edible product. Thereafter, a top surface of the baked edible product is covered using the flexible material and placed against a surface at baking temperature. The container may be inverted. Thereafter, the container and baked edible product is cooled in a dry and sterile atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventor: Yoshihiko Akimoto
  • Patent number: 8574650
    Abstract: Food packaging of the present invention is particularly adapted for microwave, conventional oven, stove top and boiler cooking techniques and includes an integral pocket or trap compartment for receiving fluids created by the cooking process, such as grease. Embodiments include a compartment for cooking food products therein with the addition of water or other fluids, wherein the water or other fluids are drained from the food products and removed from the food packaging after cooking the food products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: The Turover Straws Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan S. Turover, Antim G. Straus
  • Patent number: 8568809
    Abstract: Oil resistant package material and packages prepared therefrom have cyclodextrin incorporated in or adjacent to a film layer of the package to reduce the permeation of oil through the package material, and particularly out of the package. The film layer comprises a polymer that coordinates or bonds with a cyclodextrin compound in an amount sufficient to reduce the permeation of oil through the film layer as compared to a like film layer that does not contain cyclodextrin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Diamond Foods, Inc.
    Inventors: Marcia A. Popa, Randal J. Monforton, David W. Plank, Jonathan W. DeVries
  • Publication number: 20130266699
    Abstract: A free-standing, microwavable food container capable of being used for both high pressure processing (HPP) and microwave reconstitution of food products. The container is designed so as to be capable of being hand-held, even after microwave heating of the food products contained therein. The design of the container, coupled with the incorporation of the pressure release valve, enables the container to be used to both HPP preserve the food product and reconstitute the food product in the same container while retaining the original organoleptic properties of the preserved food, including taste, texture and appearance. A method of combining the high pressure processing of food products and microwave reconstitution in the stand-up container containing the pressure release valve is also described. Typical food products preserved include vegetables, proteins and/or carbohydrates, optionally coated or mixed with powdered, pellet or cube sauce or gravy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Applicant: H.J. HEINZ COMPANY
    Inventors: Jonathan MIDDIS, Dragoljub ZEC
  • Publication number: 20130224342
    Abstract: A method of preparing a food dish simultaneously cooking a food item with rice, wherein the food item is seasoned or flavoured by placing food and seasoning or flavouring ingredients inside a cook-in bag, sealing the cook-in bag, placing the sealed cook-in bag in a cooking appliance, and wherein the rice is placed in the cooking appliance either before or after the cook-in bag is placed in the cooking appliance, and the food item and the rice are cooked together. A cooking kit for use in the method comprising a cook-in bag provided together with a sachet containing seasoning or flavouring ingredients.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: NESTEC S.A.
    Inventor: Rebecca Lian Hwee Peng
  • Patent number: 8496112
    Abstract: In summary there is provided in one embodiment a combination of a pan with a label for holding a roasting bag. The pan is defined by having a bottom base having a base periphery edge and a sidewall extending upwardly from the base periphery edge and terminating at a side edge to create a well therebetween. The label includes front and rear sides. The rear side being secured to the bottom base and includes a pocket formed thereon. The pocket has an access opening into an internal space of the pocket. The roasting bag is positioned within and removable from the pocket of the label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Handi-Foil Corporation
    Inventors: Norton Sarnoff, Raj Patel, David Sarnoff
  • Patent number: 8490615
    Abstract: A field ration packaging assembly includes a ration housing and a food tray. The ration housing includes a lid panel having at least one air exhaust vent and a wall panel having at least one intake vent. The food tray may be positioned above a heat source. The at least one air exhaust vent and at least one air intake vent may be in fluid communication such that upon activation of the heat source, air enters the ration housing through the at least one air intake vent, passes over the heat source and exits the ration housing at the at least one exhaust vent by natural convection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: GHT Global Heating Technologies, GmbH
    Inventors: Eric Cudnohoske, Giampaolo Vacca
  • Publication number: 20130164415
    Abstract: Packaging for heatable food portions comprises an ovenable tray including a plurality of serving containers connected by a detachable support matrix. In one embodiment, the support matrix is attached to the serving containers by hot melt glue which melts during baking or heating to automatically release the support matrix from the serving containers. Pre-filled trays are shipped with display covers fitted to the serving containers, such that the covers may be placed on the individual serving containers after the food portions are baked and the serving containers are separated from the support matrix to provide individually packaged, freshly baked food portions for display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Inventor: Noel F. Galluch
  • Patent number: 8443793
    Abstract: A heating apparatus includes an elongated flexible envelope (4) comprising two sheets (6), (8) that are attached to each other along permanent side seams (10), (12) and along a permanent bottom seam (14) and a moisture-activated chemical heater (16) disposed inside envelope (4), wherein envelope (4) is folded over on itself and secured by temporary side seams (18), (20) and a permanent top seam (22) to form a continuous moisture barrier surrounding the moisture activated chemical heater (16) and wherein heater (2) may be opened for use by removing top seam (22) and unfolding envelope (4) by unpeeling temporary seals (18), (20) to provide unfolded envelope (4), wherein sheets (6) and (8) remain sealed along permanent seams (10), (12) and (14), but wherein envelope (4) now has an open top end (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Innophos, Inc.
    Inventors: Vincent Payen, Michael Wadlinger, Joseph Mitchell, Robert Finn, George Carl Harmsen, Dennis L. Myers
  • Publication number: 20130105468
    Abstract: A cooking system that utilizes vibration to improve the convenience of preparing food and the quality of the finished product. The system uses a vibrating device coupled to a cooking vessel with a pad and/or isolation blocks disposed between the vibrator and the vessel. The cooking system can be adapted to prepare specific foods in specific quantities, such as popcorn in pre-packaged containers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventor: Michael Reischmann
  • Patent number: 8425958
    Abstract: The present invention concerns an assembly comprising a food product (15) to be heated or cooked in a microwave device, a packaging (13) surrounding said food product, wherein said packaging has at least one surface to come into contact with said food product and is made at least partly of a susceptor, and a heat shrinking film (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Antoine Bontemps, Loic Faulon
  • Publication number: 20130084366
    Abstract: An artificial shell for cooking includes, a top portion, having a fill opening therethrough, a bottom portion, and a fill opening cover. The top portion is removably attachable to the bottom portion and the top portion and bottom portion together define an inner storage chamber. Furthermore, the fill opening cover completely covers the fill opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: EDISON NATION, LLC
    Inventor: Edison Nation, LLC
  • Publication number: 20130078338
    Abstract: A method for preparing a custom flavored snack food includes the provision of a quantity of a snack food that is at least partially cooked and at least one seasoning powder. The snack food is placed in a coating container with the at least one seasoning powder. The snack food is then coated with the at least one seasoning powder. The snack food coated with the at least one seasoning powder is subsequently heated to a predetermined temperature for a predetermined time to form the custom flavored snack food. The method may be practiced with a kit having the snack food, the at least one seasoning powder, the coating container, and the heating container. The heating container may have a removable panel that, when removed, provides access to a heating cavity for receiving and heating the coated snack food to form the custom flavored snack food.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventor: Haley Thomas
  • Publication number: 20130011526
    Abstract: An ovenable cooking apparatus for facilitating the cooking of food components while maintaining the separateness thereof may include a first container for holding a first food component, and a second container for holding a second food component. The separation of the first food component from the second food component maintains the surface area for the first and second food components to facilitate heating of the first and second food components. The first food component may have a liquid based content for producing steam when heated, and one or both of the first container and the second container may define a passage for providing airflow and steam flow for contacting the second container and/or the second foodstuff and heating or steaming the second food component. Additionally, the second container may be steam impermeable for cooking bread and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: CONAGRA FOODS RDM, INC.
  • Patent number: 8348079
    Abstract: The invention concerns a closure for a cylindrical can (10) The closure includes a flexible member (11) of the easy-open type secured across the open end of the can (10). A rigid, screw cap (22) is screwed over the thus sealed end of the can. An annular, resilient member (24) depending downwardly from the underside of the end wall of the cap (22), engages the membrane (11) in the vicinity of the end flange (18) of the can body (10) thereby strengthening the seal between the membrane (11) and the flange (18). This advantageously permits cooking of the contents of the can with the flexible membrane (11) in situ, thereby giving rise to a can having an easy-open end, the contents of which can are cooked and sterilized using conventional processing lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Lawson Mardon Sutton Ltd.
    Inventors: Ian Baird-Smith, Andreas Ziegler, Reinhart Geisler, Werner Hammon
  • Patent number: 8343561
    Abstract: Provided is a package for cooking in a microwave oven, in which a synthetic resin container body having a flange part is filled with contents and a lid is heat-sealed to the flange part to seal the package hermetically. Independent concave parts sandwiching a heat-sealed part are provided in a part of the flange part on the inner and outer sides of the heat-sealed part to form, on the heat-sealed part, a projection part directed to the inner direction of the container and serving as a steam releasing part by automatically opening. The package is prevented from being broken or deformed by preventing the heat-sealed part from being peeled immediately after the contents are placed in the container body. When heating cooking is performed in a microwave oven, the package improves the taste of the contents by the steaming effect. The lid is sure to automatically open by the increase of the pressure in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Toyo Seikan Kaisha, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hisakazu Yasumuro, Shinji Tanaka, Kikuo Matsuoka
  • Publication number: 20120328745
    Abstract: A boil-in-bag pouch (1,50) containing a foodstuff (30), wherein said pouch is in the form of an enclosed body (4,52) having a front face (8,78), a back face (7,80), a top end, a bottom end, and first and second sides (9,10,54,56) extending between said top and bottom ends, said pouch comprising: a single sheet of flexible sheet material having first and second opposed edges, wherein said sheet is folded along said first side (10,54) and said second side (9,56) to define said front and back faces, wherein opposed edges of said sheet are bonded by a longitudinal seal (2,70) extending from said top end to said bottom end of said pouch; a top transverse seal bonding said front and back faces together proximate to said top end; a bottom transverse seal bonding said front and back faces together proximate to said bottom end; and wherein said sheet is folded form a pleat extending from the bottom transverse seal to the top transverse seal along only one of said sides (10,54) of said body (4,52).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Applicant: Mars Incorporated
    Inventor: Ives De Busser
  • Publication number: 20120308691
    Abstract: A method for preparing a short coffee extract from a capsule containing coffee powder. The method includes providing a capsule containing contains between 5.0 and 8.5 gram of ground coffee powder, injecting liquid into the capsule to interact with the coffee powder, and centrifuging the capsule in a beverage producing device to force, by the effect of centrifugal forces, the liquid coffee extract out of the capsule so that it can be collected and dispensed. The extraction of the liquid coffee extract is preferably obtained by rotating the capsule within a speed range of 2500 to 7500 rpm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Applicant: NESTEC S.A.
    Inventors: Diego Jimenez Alvarez, Delphine Ricoux, Pierre Monnier, Christian Jarisch, Alfred Yoakim, Alexandre Perentes
  • Patent number: 8304003
    Abstract: Disclosed is an ovenable corrugated paper container containing at least an inner liner containing a first paper substrate and a polymeric coating on a food product side; an outer liner containing a second paper substrate; and a corrugated paper layer positioned between the inner liner and the outer liner. Due to its insulation properties, the ovenable corrugated paper container may be used as a serving container without the danger of causing burns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: The Ovenable Paper Pan Company, LLC
    Inventor: Scott Sanders
  • Patent number: 8304004
    Abstract: An ovenable paper container containing an inner liner, an outer liner, and an intermediate or corrugated paper layer positioned between the inner liner and the outer liner. The ovenable paper container can be used to heat and/or cook food and then be used as a serving container without the danger of causing burns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: The Ovenable Paper Pan Company, LLC
    Inventor: Scott Sanders